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Handlers Elden Graves and Todd Carnes have been and continue to train extensively with the dogs. Tedy is certified in narcotics detection and criminal apprehension. Duke is certified in narcotics detection and tracking. In March 2008 Major, a Belgium Malinois, joined the department. Major is trained in explosives and criminal apprehension. He was generously donated to the Tahlequah Police Department by Mike Best. The canines and their handlers continue to train extensively to be prepared for not only emergency situations but public relation activities. They visit the schools regularly and can be requested for public demonstrations.
Through a contract with Tahlequah Public Schools and Woodall Schools, the K9 Units participate in educational programs, security for special events, and safety checks.
Tahlequah K-9 Officer Elden Graves and Graves' partner, Tedy, a German shepherd, were chosen the Region 2 K-9 Team of the Year for 2008-'09.